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Author Topic: Dumb question, air filters+rain  (Read 457 times)

Offline TheCoffeeGuy

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Re: Dumb question, air filters+rain
« Reply #10 on: Apr 16, 2018, 19:40:31 »
Use a front fender and dont ride in the rain.
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Re: Dumb question, air filters+rain
« Reply #11 on: Apr 17, 2018, 02:42:59 »
Thanks for the replies, I mean that I see millions of modified bikes with this kind of filters and no fenders. I don't intend to ride when it's raining but specially in Finland where i come from, you never know when it's raining or snowing, so, for those occasions I am looking for a solution. This rain sock will definitely be an addition to my riding gear, also for myself if I can find a bag that's big enough.
What comes to fenders, I have a small fender to the front end but I guess that's just small enough just to improve(?) the looks.. For the rear I think a plate can be added to the frame behind the air filters. The decent airbox is one good option, but it has to be self made as I haven't found an aftermarket solution for that. It's not a problem but timewise this summer will go with this setup.. Do you know if there are some aftermarket boxes?
Guess what? Those millions of bikes dont work in the rain!

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Re: Dumb question, air filters+rain
« Reply #12 on: Apr 18, 2018, 14:47:23 »
The fender is not for the rain or the looks.  All these older bikes need the cross member that the fender attaches to to stabilize the forks which twist and torque under pressure and the stress of driving.  Its strictly a safety thing.   

You see many pictures of bikes on various sites.  They are not all drivers.  As in they do not all have a license to ride on the road.  Many are just show girls which never actually go out for the day.  Many do not have legal lights or other attributes.  For example many do not have a chain guard, This in itself is illegal in many jurisdictions from a safety perspective.
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Re: Dumb question, air filters+rain
« Reply #13 on: Apr 18, 2018, 15:47:37 »
Yes - the front fender is important for locking the fork lowers together, so they move up and down at the same time.  Otherwise thereís tons of force applied at the axle, twisting, changed geometry etc.

The front fenders usually have a thick metal bracket that is the brace you need, at minimum.  Aftermarket fork braces are heavier, doing a better job.  I ran without a front fender but had a proper fork brace.

No rear inner fender either.  And I didnít ride in the rain (not often).
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Offline Alex jb

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Dumb question, air filters+rain
« Reply #14 on: Apr 18, 2018, 18:05:52 »
I had a non OEM fibreglass fender on my CD when I got it, noticeably wishywashy.
Made my own 6mm alloy plate fork brace/bracket, down sized the fender a bit and fitted it closer to the tyre.
Much more positive front end feel now and keeps more water off despite being smaller.



I have the same problem at the back though


Nice bike, getting out and enjoying it even if it rains on the way home is what itís all about.

Looks like your number plate will hit the tyre way before the suspension bottoms out though.

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« Last Edit: Apr 18, 2018, 18:11:03 by Alex jb »

Re: Dumb question, air filters+rain
« Reply #15 on: Apr 19, 2018, 18:25:57 »
The fender is not for the rain or the looks.  All these older bikes need the cross member that the fender attaches to to stabilize the forks which twist and torque under pressure and the stress of driving.  Its strictly a safety thing.   

The fender is for the rain (and rocks, and debris, and whatever). Most fenders also do have brace built in, but if you only want the brace effect the other comments work. Eliminate the fender but put in brace, and live with rain/rocks/debris/blood from roadkill, etc.

And I'll second the comments about pods on CV carbs -- they don't work that well unless you really know what you're doing.

A lof of folks are concerned with looks over performance, but the only people who fall for that are people who don't know any better. People who know how bikes work just shake their heads.
« Last Edit: Apr 19, 2018, 18:29:11 by carnivorous chicken »
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Re: Dumb question, air filters+rain
« Reply #16 on: Apr 19, 2018, 18:59:22 »
Let me not continue to pile up on everyone else throwing poo on you. 

Throw a plate in there to act as a fender, it looks like with your frame you could still add something similar below your tubes and not hit on the pods.  Sure its not see through, but its still really clean looking and it'll protect your filters.